Par­ent group

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Amanda Craw­ford

A new help group for young par­ents in Lochside and Lin­clu­den had a suc­cess­ful first week.

Young Par­ents of North­west Dum­fries (YPND) aims to of­fer open dis­cus­sion ses­sions where mums and dads aged 29 and un­der can share prac­tice and learn skills.

Dad-of-two An­thony Tay­lor, 26, is be­hind the start-up.

It launched with two “open-hour” drop-in slots in Lochside last week and feed­back from par­ents was re­port­edly pos­i­tive.

Youth de­vel­op­ment worker with YMCA Dum­fries, An­thony, said: “The feed­back was en­cour­ag­ing.”

The group heard that par­ents were much more likely to dis­cuss par­ent­hood in depth with peers, rather than with health pro­fes­sion­als.

An­thony added: “The young par­ents said that it was good this was a group specif­i­cally for par­ents to talk to each other.

“They all have friends but agreed that a pur­pose-group like this was in­valu­able.

“It is some­times easier to talk to peo­ple who are out­with your group of friends.”

The group will meet ev­ery Tues­day at the fam­ily cen­tre, sit­u­ated next to Lochside Pri­mary School, from 2pm3pm.

Ex­pec­tant par­ents are also wel­come to the free group.

First meet­ing The newly formed par­ent group which meets at the Lochside Fam­ily Cen­tre. The pic­ture shows Kim­ber­ley Johnston and Ester, Joy Tay­lor and Edith, An­thony Tay­lor and Eil­ish and Jen Martin and Kaleb

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